Rio Salado College partners with Pearson to develop adaptive learning program for Developmental English courses

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Rio Salado College partners with Pearson to develop adaptive learning program for Developmental English courses

Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona

 

Rio Salado College, one of ten members of the Maricopa Community College District, is a two-­year, public, not­-for-­profit institution. The college has been helping its diverse students reach their academic goals for over thirty-five years. The institution serves more than 60,000 degree­ and certificate­-seeking students annually, and its notable programs include dental hygiene, teacher education, and computer programming. In 2006, the college converted most of its degree offerings to an online format.

Rio Salado sought to improve student retention and course completion rates and decided to take a proactive approach to solving these challenges. In 2013, the college closely examined its current developmental English courses and found that it could enhance the courses by incorporating personalized technology and assessment into the course work.

Together with Pearson, Rio Salado explored the implementation of adaptive learning technology to enhance its developmental courses. Adaptive learning gives every student a continuously personalized pathway through course content. It also analyzes data about the performance of each student and similar students on the platform—along with data about the education content—to make targeted recommendations for the next objective each student needs to meet learning goals.

Rio Salado and Pearson committed to implementing two adaptive developmental courses over three consecutive terms and to evaluate the course outcomes.

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